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Percy Griffin, longtime member of The Swanee Quintet of Augusta, Georgia, has transitioned from labor to reward.
Mr. Griffin sang with the Swanee Quintet for many years. He attended the United House of Prayer for All People in Augusta, the denomination founded by Daddy Grace, and was a longtime friend of the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown. For a spell, the Swanee Quintet opened for Brown.
Griffin joined the Augusta, GA group more than 50 years ago and was one of its lead singers. Down through the years, The Swanees left audiences reeling with songs like “Eternal Life” and “Dr. Jesus.” The quartet frontman once told The Augusta Chronicle that being a great gospel singer was always his primary aspiration.
Griffin shared a longstanding friendship with the Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown, and occasionally sang at the soul singer’s Thanksgiving turkey giveaways in Augusta.
Both Griffin and his father were elders in the United House of Prayer for All People, whose founder, Daddy Grace, used to stay in their home, Griffin once shared.
Among Griffin’s last recordings are The Swanee Quintet’s The Legacy Continues Phase II and Malaco’s An Evening with the Legends of Quartet (LIVE). Griffin does some tag-teaming with his first cousin Willie Rogers of The Soul Stirrers on the latter project.
Please join GMF in keeping Griffin’s family, friends, fans, and the Swanees lifted in prayer.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
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